A campaign to raise awareness of homeopathy and to promote its health benefits to the public is launched today with the release of a series of photographs of well-known female faces. TV personality Charlotte Jackson, former model Jo Wood, Team GB’s Louise Hazel, actress Alice Barlow, BBC Three presenter Stacey Dooley, radio presenter Janey Lee Grace and model Amal Fashanu have all been ‘painted’ and photographed to show their support of homeopathy.
Launched by the British Homeopathic Association (BHA) and the Homeopathy Action Trust (HAT), with the support of 9 other homeopathy charities and associations, the collection of photographs show each celebrity with a homeopathic remedy in its natural form painted onto their body. The photographs were taken by celebrity photographer and former Rankin assistant, Rachell Smith.
The women involved have all used homeopathy for a whole host of ailments and are convinced of its health benefits. Each celebrity has shared their own personal story of how homeopathy works for them, explaining how the complementary therapy has helped to heal the likes of eczema, arthritis, bruising and morning sickness.
The BHA and HAT are both national charities that have come together for this campaign to highlight the need for greater integration of homeopathy into everyday healthcare, aiming to dispel the publicised myths surrounding homeopathy. BHA Chief Executive, Cristal Sumner said ‘We are so pleased to have such strong, beautiful women endorsing our campaign and talking about their own experiences with homeopathy. Their experiences mirror the hundreds of thousands of people in the UK who use homeopathy and see a homeopath. Our stars provide a snapshot of the patient experience, which overwhelmingly demonstrates that homeopathy has a lot to offer. We want to encourage others through this campaign to make homeopathy a part of their life and approach to healthcare.’
None of the celebrities involved were paid to take part in this campaign. The ‘Homeopathy Works For Me’ stories relating to each celebrity are below (click on photos to see larger).
Each celebrity has a short film on the HAT YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/HomeopathyAT
As a professional Athlete I believe it’s incredibly important to carefully consider what you are putting into your body. That is why I take a natural approach to my health and well-being. As an Olympic Athlete, I have used homeopathy countless times to assist with the various bumps and bruises that I have suffered from hitting hurdles. My favourite homeopathic remedy is arnica and I wouldn’t dream of using anything else. Homeopathy offers a range of natural remedies. The snake (Lachesis) which is depicted in this image represents the remedy which is often used to help treat several menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes.
I’m a firm believer in all things natural and always used to treat my children with homeopathic remedies – gentle and safe, yet still effective. Now my children use homeopathy for their children and it continues to work wonders! I’m pleased to see it being passed down the generations and being used as a natural alternative to traditional medicines. As part of the campaign, I had bees (also known as ‘Apis’) painted onto my hand – amazingly they help stings and acute swelling of the skin.
It might seem odd that I choose to do a job which involves a LOT of long haul flights when I’m a very nervous flyer! I first discovered homeopathy when a friend suggested trying it to overcome my phobia of flying and I haven’t looked back since – it really has worked! As part of the Homeopathy Works For Me campaign, I had Gelsemium painted onto me – this is a fantastic remedy that helps to ease anticipatory anxiety or nervousness, and it’s also a really good remedy for flu.
I try really hard to lead a healthy and more importantly, natural lifestyle. I’ve used homeopathy for a wide range of health issues and it’s never let me down. It’s also great for general wellbeing, as remedies are very affordable and the effect they have on me is really noticeable. As part of the campaign, I had lilies (Lilium Tigrinum) painted onto my back. This beautiful remedy is sometimes used to treat women with gynaecological issues.
Janey Lee Grace
I’m passionate about 100% natural health and wellbeing, and believe that it’s so valuable for people to take responsibility for their health, and to try a natural approach. I was first introduced to homeopathy 15 years ago when I was pregnant with my first child. I gave birth in a fabulous hospital where the midwives prescribed homeopathy during labour. Later I used homeopaths to sort all manner of the kids’ illnesses. For the campaign, I’ve had diamonds (Adamas) painted onto my neck – the remedy is used by homeopaths to treat severe depression, and also can help women in the menopause.
I’m relatively new to the world of homeopathy but have already seen noticeable results. As an actress and singer I suffer from stage fright and find homeopathic remedies really help to calm my nerves. It’s so important for people to have a choice when it comes to their wellbeing and I’m pleased I’ve discovered a natural way of keeping myself healthy. The foxglove (Digitalis) on my leg is well known for treating heart irregularities, amongst other things.
I’m totally accident-prone and after numerous bump and bruises, my Dad, a doctor, suggested I visit a homeopath for neck pains and migraines. I immediately noticed a huge difference and from that day on I’ve relied on homeopathy for a whole range of health issues and for general wellbeing too.